Santa Monica, CA
Last Friday the Canuck and I returned to Hillstone for an impromptu fancy feast. We started with the spicy tuna roll from their mini-sushi menu and it was fantastic. Then the Canuck ordered a martini, so of course I had to have one too. (I hate being left out.) After our sushi, our martinis were probably half-consumed and are lovely waitress brought out fresh chilled glasses to pour our martinis into to keep them chilled. It was glorious.
The Canuck opted for the Hawaiian Ribeye, and I honeybadgered him into getting the baked potato so we could trade tastes of sides. I chose the California Burger, for two reasons: 1) it sounded great and 2) the regular Hillstone burger seemed similar to the R+D burger. Both restaurants are owned by the Hillstone group, so I wanted to make sure I was trying something new. I opted for fries. Obviously.
The burg is fresh ground, with jack cheese, avocado, arugula and red onions. It was very classically flavored to me. A nice balance of creamy avocado and cheese with the salt of the meat and tang of the onion. I asked for mayo with my fries, and they were golden and crispy. The Hawaiian ribeye had great flavor and was properly cooked. The Canuck was in steak heaven. The baked potato was also good, though I felt the flavors could have had a little more punch. It came out with all the fixin's but they didn't blend the way I anticipated. I recommend the restaurant both on its own, and for the burger. There's just something about high quality ingredients that can make classic seem gourmet.